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March 2, 2011

Chicken Wire and Elbow Grease.....Viola'

Several months ago I spotted a huge roll of rusted,
old chicken wire in my lil'mama's barn.
I asked her if I could have it, and she asked me "what for?".
I said "I dunno", as I loaded it into the truck.
I hadn't thought about it since we brought it home...not until yesterday.
For some reason it just came to me that I wanted to make chicken wire cloches,
Which I started to do.
As I cut, and squeezed (and bled) , I formed the wire and also saw something else.
And that was table top dress form which now stands about 18" tall.
Each is individual, being filled with vintage tulle....

old dress patterns,

absolutely nothing at all.

having stylish "belts" and brooches....

Then, of course, the original thought......the cloche.....

With a better look
at how they are actually formed......
great for inside or out.

I hope
you enjoyed your visit today.
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please know, I always follow back.

If you are a "regular", I thank you for stopping by...
You know I love it when you come.

This week I am linking to the following parties:

Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage
100 Ideas Uder $100 @ Beyond the Picket Fence
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic HOme
Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest
Vintage Inspiration Friday@ Common Ground
Creative Girls Blog Hop Friday @ The Girl Creative

Of course....Beverly's Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound


  1. Love, love, love your creativity with the chicken wire and I love all your beautiful "babies"!

    Thanks for sharing such a fun idea!

  2. Hello, I love what you did with that chicken wire, it is wonderful. Thanks for sharing, have a wonderful week. Terri

  3. OMG they are lovely! What a great idea, sorry you got so many cuts! I know you made one for your lil'mama right? I really like how you changed the decor and the one with the dress patterns is my favorite. Thanks so much for sharing. If you want to make another one I will be glad to take it off your bleeding hands LOL.
    Have a great day, Vicky

  4. I love chicken wire and your creations with it are amazing. well done.

  5. You can create anything....and this is fabulous! We created hot air balloon's with our chicken wire at the Marie event and they were darling!

    You truly amaze me.


  6. I love, love, love the dress forms! They turned out gorgeous! I'm a new follower from 100 Ideas Uder $100 @ Beyond the Picket Fence.

  7. Wow...love these ~ very unique and beautiful!

  8. Here I am again! I'm your newest follower. Love what you did with the chicken wire! I have tons of chickens and chicken wire. Move over hens I have some craft projects to work on! hahahah.... can you hear them cackling? Love your blog...so many ideas I don't know where to start!

  9. Oh my gosh those are wonderful! I'd have never thunk to do something like that in a million years. I'm going to look at chicken wire in a whole new light! Not just for frenchifying cupboards *winks* Vanna
    P.S. I'm your newest follower.

  10. Hi Jana,
    When I saw these on your other blog I nearly died from envy!!! Oh my goodness, is all I can say. How in the world did you ever come up with such a lovely idea. Everytime I work with chicken wire I always swear I'll never do it again! LOL!
    Now, I'm going to have to try to make a mannnequin! You have got me all fired up!


  11. This is up there with the most creative posts I have seen in a long time. Like the others I do LOVE it.
    Also loving all the furry faces in your sidebar.
    The closeup face looks familiar, like my mystery mutt I posted about, except he is not as large and has a thinner coat. I love him all the same.

  12. p.s. - I think maybe you need better gloves to work with that wire!

  13. How inventive! I love the cloche idea. Sorry you cut yourself. Love forward to exploring your blog.

  14. Give a girl some chicken wire and look what she can do with it!!! The cloche is wonderful, I know people that would pay money for something like that. I have a chicken wire cloche and I had to buy mine!!
    Your form looks like it would be so much fun. I love it the way you have it now, but it would also be wonderful for hanging notes on.
    Happy Pink Saturday you wonderfully talented person, Char

  15. Oh Yeah, just had to follow too, Char

  16. Waaaaay cool! These are the most inspiring things I've seen in a long time. I'm kind of scared to try a make them since you said you bled....:)

  17. Happy Pink Saturday!

    This table setting is fabulous!

    ~ Gabriela ~

  18. oh.my.gosh! I adore your pretty creations! I will certainly be doing these terrific projects. Thanks so very much for sharing! Happy Pinks...


    H.P.S TO YOU!!

  20. Gorgeous! So creative!

    Happy Pink Saturday!

  21. Oh, what a fabulous idea for chicken wire. Love them. xxoo Valarie

  22. Well you are a clever gal...I have thought about the cloches but also thought about the "owees" LOL...you did a great job !
    Happy Pink Saturday and I buzzed over and clicked to follow you.

  23. Who would think to do this with chicken wire? Wonderful ideas. HPS!
    Joyce M

  24. These are fabulous! You have been blessed with great creative ideas!
    Happy Pink Saturday!

  25. you are so creative!! I love what you did with the chicken wire! Thanks for sharing.
    Happy Pink Saturday!

  26. Love what you did with the chicken wire. Very creative.

    Happy Pink Saturday,

    Lisa x

  27. What a great idea! I would love to have one!

  28. I am in love....sigh....with your cloches and dress forms. :) I am doing something this week with chicken wire and will unveil in a couple of weeks (I hope). Happy happy Pink Saturday. xo Oh....and I am no following too!

  29. This is one of those unique posts that tells us that one person’s junk is another person’s treasure. Who would have known what one gal could do with some chicken wire. I now have a new respect for the wiggly stuff. HPS.

  30. I just love your creativity with the chicken wire...amazing...I also love that you have shared with us the pictures of all of the babies! They are precious..We just lost our love and not long after we got a call to rescue a 9 month old puppy...I think he actually rescued us! This is my first time here...I found you on Pink Saturday and I am your newest follower...Pinkim!TrulySimplyPink

  31. So cute. I need to make one of those cloches now that I have spring fever!

  32. Hey thanks for stopping by...I knew you'd appreciate Bailey...and I can't believe you are a member of the club also...such a small world...thanks for telling me. Pinkim! TrulySimplyPink

  33. What a great idea! I love the dress form!! Now my wheels are turnin'!!

    I found you through Beyond the Picket Fence Under $100 party!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

  34. I will join the long list of praises here for your chicken-wire ladies and cloches! Love it.... oh talented one!!!

  35. Great idea, I love to work in chicken wire but never thought of that.

  36. I need some chicken wire too...I was going to make cloches but now it seems like the sky is the limit!!!

    Thanks - looks like I will love to follow you!




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